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Poster: squirrel barker Date: Mar 1, 2009 5:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Family Dog at the Great Highway

What kind of venue was Family Dog at the Great Highway? Big rock and roll bar like Toad's Place in New Haven or The Flying Dutchman in N. Chas. SC?

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Poster: user unknown Date: Mar 1, 2009 7:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

It seems the building was located at 660 The Great Highway San Francisco, CA. Originally called "The Ocean Beach Pavillion", it was built in 1889.
More information and pictures(circa 1920 and 1969) available at http://pagesperso-orange.fr/santanamigos/venues.htm#Familydogonthegreathighway

This post was modified by user unknown on 2009-03-02 03:50:52

This post was modified by user unknown on 2009-03-02 03:51:39

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 1, 2009 9:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

Thanks B!

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Poster: He Live's Date: Mar 1, 2009 11:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

good lead. thanks!!!

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Mar 2, 2009 3:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

a little more info on the family dog. arf!!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_Helms#Family_Dog_Concerts

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Mar 3, 2009 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

Family Dog at the Great Highway was a small - medium size venue.

It was long and narrow. It had picture view windows on the entrance (street) side, also a small cafe on the entrance side.

There was a small courtyard with windows on the side opposite to the entrance. Me and a friend tried to sneak in one time from the courtyard, and got as far as the locked glass door outside the hall, before the guard gestured for us to climb back over the fence the way we came.

I went to at least two shows there. Carried Country Joe's kazoo in through the stage entrance door and got in free that time. Don't recall anything about that show.
Someone was rollerskating on the dance floor, I remember that.

The place was really relaxed, the times I went it wasn't crowded, and there was enough room on the floor that one time I stretched out on the middle of the floor not far from the stage and slept during most of Sopwith Camel's set.

"Hello, Hello" was playing when I woke up.

Sopwith's mellow set was followed by a high energy performance by The Flamin Groovies, which had me jumpin' up and down.
That was one of my favorite shows that I went to in the early '70s.

Here's my article about Playland on the Great Highway
(right next to The Family Dog venue).

http://www.laffinthedark.com/articles/pacific/pacific.htm

The late '50s noir movie "The Lineup" features some scenes of Sutro's Museum which used to be next to the Cliff House, up the hill from the Family Dog and Playland.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) shows The Lineup - not yet on dvd, watch for it.

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Poster: squirrel barker Date: Mar 2, 2009 4:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

Well thanks y'all.Looks like a neat old building and a nice view to get your wits back after a show.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Mar 2, 2009 4:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

cool...it was used in the early 60's as an indoor slot car racing track...I used to go there with my cousin, I had no idea it later became the Family Dog

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Poster: spacedface Date: Mar 2, 2009 9:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

The inside picture looks like a Monday night with Stephen Gaskin.

Just where was the building? A friend who went told me it was at the end of Balboa St -- did I remember right?

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Poster: He Live's Date: Mar 1, 2009 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

you ever been out to san francisco? i've lived out here for 12+ years after growing up in NY.... went to school in new england.... a room is a room is a room, but the GREAT HIGHWAY is the GREAT HIGHWAY.... as a highway it ain't all that Great, but the PACIFIC OCEAN crashing onto the beach off to the right, that's pretty great.... and behind you is the wondrous GOLDEN GATE PARK... certainly the greatest, most storied city park in the country. you can argue for central park of course.... if you must.

Photobucket

if you haven't seen the video linked under that pic before, you can buy your own copy on amazon.... or not. i thought it was a bit of a let down. it's almost all on youtube anyway.

i have tried before to find out exactly where it was, what was the address. but have had no luck.... someone must know for sure... ?

last time i used that photo



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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Mar 1, 2009 10:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

Thank you for reminding me about this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dNxpsW0DMM

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Mar 1, 2009 1:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Family Dog at the Great Highway

fantastic!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-02-04.sbd.kaplan.14188.sbeok.shnf

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